Whenever I am asked to speak in public I enjoy sharing with my audience that I do not write wills or do house closings ...but if they have employment issues relating to "hiring" "firing" or "managing-in-between" ...my message will likely hit home. I firmly believe that neither employers nor employees have an absolute lock on stupidity ...and given the right (or wrong) set of circumstances, either side will often launch otherwise avoidable disputes into outer space. In all of this ...We Can Help
The Robert Fortgang Associates Difference. Employment disputes tend to be volatile and complex. Whether you are an employer or an employee you need legal counsel who can handle difficult and sensitive issues with speed, skill and confidence. At Robert Fortgang Associates, we practice exclusively in the labor and employment field. We know the players, we know the rules, and we have the necessary practical experience to support our understanding of the law. We're experienced in handling both your stress and your issues; we roll up our sleeves and get at it. Members of the firm appear regularly before human rights commissions, state labor departments, arbitration boards, and a myriad of other administrative agencies. We have extensive experience litigating in State and Federal Courts throughout the New England States.
Creative, Practical Advice. Knowing the law is the easy part of our job. The more difficult aspect is applying the legal principles in creative and practical ways, to achieve our clients' short and long-term objectives. We take pride in our ability to meet this challenge. Before we give an opinion, make a recommendation, or advance an argument on your behalf, the legal and practical implications are always considered.
We encourage settlement or alternative dispute resolution where that is the best course of action. If the only areas of compromise are excessive or unsuitable, we tell you so. The result is that you are put in the position of making an informed and pragmatic decision.
We are used to dealing with sophisticated problems on short notice. Whether you need an employment contract drafted, a severance package prepared, or a cease and desist order to protect your business assets, we respond promptly, skillfully and with confidence.
Proactive Solutions. We encourage clients to seek our advice before problems arise. Employers can often avoid acrimonious and costly disputes through careful preparation and planning. By helping you take a proactive, preventative approach to labor and employment issues, we can save you time, money and aggravation.
Our lawyers are committed to providing individual, personalized service. We take the time to get to know you and to learn about your business. Once we understand your problem, we tell you in plain English about the legal framework, your options, and our recommendations.
We are easily accessible in person, by e-mail or by telephone. Voice mail messages are returned promptly. Because employment problems don't always arise during business hours, we make our home and cellular numbers available to clients who expect to have difficulties in the evening or on weekends.
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I endorse this lawyer. Rob has extensive experience in employment controversies and diligently stays on top of this rapidly changing legal specialty. I have been adverse to Rob's client and have sat as an arbiter in a case he presented. In both instances, he was thorough, well prepared and creative in his approaches to the situations. He always presents his clients in a logical, forthright manner, and therefore avoids the confusion and entanglements displayed by lessfocused lawyers. I recommend Rob highly as an intelligent and resourceful problem-solver. Charles D. Houlihan, Jr.
Charles Houlihan Litigation Attorney
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I endorse this lawyer's work. For over 35 years I have made referrals to Rob on matters of his expertise. He is one of the finest attorneys I have ever met, very intelligent and perceptive. I had the pleasure of watching him in action, when we shared offices and in the courtroom. Matters beyond my practice were always referred to Rob and he never let me down. As counsel for a small business association, I had many inquiries that needed follow-up by an outside attorney. Rob was always available to help these folks.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Clients' Choice 2012||Avvo||2012|
|Senior Vice President and Counsel, Human Resources||Connecticut Small Business Federation||1984 - Present|
|Counsel, Human Resources||Connecticut Human Resource Reports||1984 - Present|
|Attorney||Robert Fortgang Associates||1984 - Present|
|Director of Industrial Relations and Small Business Services||Connecticut Business & Industry Association||1982 - 1984|
|Assistant Director of Human Resources||The Hartford Courant||1980 - 1982|
|Personnel Manager||Gerber Scientific Instrument Company||1978 - 1980|
|Compensation Analyst||Aetna Life & Casualty||1976 - 1978|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit||Admitted as an Attorney||2008 - Present|
|Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|Simsbury Chamber of Commerce||Member||1997 - Present|
|Connecticut Small Business Federation||Employment Law Counsel||1984 - Present|
|Connecticut Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|Connecticut Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section||Member||1980 - Present|
|Cooney v North American Marketing Company d/b/a NAMCO||Defendant's Verdict|
|NAMCO, LLC v Anthony Giovanni||Plaintiff Judgment in the amount of $53,093.21|
|Daniel Santos v Brooks Pharmacy d/b/a Maxi Drug, Inc. and Jean Coutu Group PJC USA, INC.||Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment was granted|
|Connecticut Human Resource Reports, LLC||Legal Counsel and contributor of employment related forms and articles, including the At-Will Hiring Package||1999|
|Personnelly SpeakingÂ©||Series of monthly newsletters for the membership of the Connecticut Small Business Federation||1998|
|Employee Manual MakerÂ©||Chief legal consultant and Senior contributing author||1994|
|Connecticut Heating & Cooling Contractors Human Resource Publication||How To Develop an Employee Handbook||1993|
|Personnelly SpeakingÂ©||Series of monthly newsletters for the membership of the Connecticut Association of Builders and Contractors||1990|
|Personnelly SpeakingÂ©||Series of monthly newsletters for the membership of the Connecticut Society of Association Executives||1989|
|Personnelly SpeakingÂ©||Negligent Hiring ...Choose With Care||1989|
|University of Bridgeport School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|Adelphi University||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1972|
|Employment Issues Update||Hiring, Firing & Managing In-Between||2011|
|Windsor Chamber of Commerce||The Employment Law Answer Man||2010|
|Simsbury Public Library||Help! I think my job is in jeopardy.||2009|
|Granby Public Library||Employment Law Answer Man||2009|
|Avon Public Library||Hiring, Firing & Managing In-between||2009|
|Connecticut Club Managers Association Educational Conference||Contemporary Legal Issues Affecting Employment||1998|
|Connecticut Club Managers Association Educational Conference||An Examination of Some Critical Legal Issues Affecting Connecticut Employers||1997|
|Connecticut Club Managers Association Educational Conference||Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace & Hiring, Firing & Managing-in-between||1997|
|New England Wholesalers Convention||How To Avoid Employee Lawsuits||1993|
|1992 International Remodeling Contractors Association||Strategies To Stay One Step Ahead||1992|
|West Hartford Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Seminar Series||Wage & Hour Laws and Labor Practices||1991|
|CSCPS's Industry, Government and Education Conference||Legal Issues Affecting Employment||1991|
|CECA - Management Seminar||Federal & State Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws||1990|
|A Personnel Compliance Seminar||How to Meet Your Legal Obligations||1990|